Water Development for Livestock in Former McCrae Pasture in the East Block of Grasslands National Park

In order to facilitate grazing prescriptions to achieve conservation goals, Grasslands National Park (GNP) requires reliable water sources. Water is a limiting factor for livestock on this landscape, and livestock will rarely travel far from water sources for grazing. GNP is proposing to excavate a dugout in an area of the East Block that currently has no water reservoir available for livestock watering. This project will be assessed using a Basic Impact Assessment. While there may be some existing excavation in this area, it is unknown whether the excavation is sufficient for a dugout. With current information, it seems likely that a new excavation will be required to create a suitable basin for water collection and storage. Therefore, the project will be assessed with a Basic Impact Assessment rather than using GNP's site-level Preapproved Routine Impact Assessment for Dugout and Dam Repair. 

Latest update

May 8, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from April 8 to May 8, 2022 - April 8, 2022


Grasslands National Park
P.O. Box 150
Val Marie, Saskatchewan S0N 2T0
Telephone: 306-298-2257 or 1-888-773-8888
Email: infopnprairies-grasslandsnpinfo@pc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Grasslands National Park (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Agriculture
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


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...within 200 kilometres
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